Kolkata, Apr 27 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 10 WB-POLL-LD ANUBRATA TMC Birbhum president to be placed under strict surveillance till Friday 7 am: Official Kolkata: The Election Commission on Tuesday placed Trinamool Congress Birbhum president Anubrata Mondal under strict surveillance from 5 pm till Friday 7 am, an official said.

CAL 7 OD-BY-POLL-POSTPONEMENT COVID resurgence : Cong demands postponement of Pipili by-poll Bhubaneswar: Opposition Congress Tuesday demanded postponement of the May 16 by-poll in Pipili assembly seat in Odisha in the wake of the resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

CAL 8 AS-CORONA-CURFEW-CEO Assam CEO asks state govt to exempt polling agents from night curfew restrictions Guwahati: Assam Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade on Tuesday asked the state government to exempt polling agents of candidates guarding the strong rooms from the ambit of the night curfew imposed till May 1 to control the surge in COVID-19 cases, a senior official of the poll panel said.

CAL 9 WB-VIRUS-BJP Keep COVID-19 issue beyond politics: Bengal BJP to TMC Kolkata: Blaming the ruling Trinamool Congress for engaging in politics over the spike in COVID-19 cases in the country and West Bengal, the BJP on Tuesday said it is not the right time for the Centre and the state to be involved in a conflict.

LGC 1 WB-HC-EC BAN Cal HC calls for strict enforcement of EC ban on rallies on May 2 Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed all authorities to strictly enforce the ban imposed by the Election Commission on rallies and gatherings on May 2, the day of counting of votes and declaration of results of assembly elections in West Bengal and four other states.

CAL 12 AS-VIRUS-HIMANTA-DATA Himanta says no COVID-19 in Assam till Apr 6, data says 2,624 infected Guwahati: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday claimed that the state 'did not have COVID-19' cases till April 6, the last day of three-phase state assembly poll, but the official data of his department showed that 2,624 persons had tested positive since January and 66 of them had died.

CAL 13 WB-VIRUS Bengal reports record 16,403 fresh COVID-19 cases, 73 more deaths Kolkata: West Bengal on Tuesday logged 16,403 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest-single spike recorded in the state so far, pushing the tally to 7,76,345, a bulletin issued by the state health department said. PTI RG RG